You know the old saying: early to bed, early to rise. Or, how about: the early bird gets the worm? Look, I don’t know about you, but I don’t care much for worms. I do, however, care about getting in a good workout, being able to catch a sunrise with my morning coffee, or simply being able to wake up before the day smacks me right in the face. I know it doesn’t sound like fun, but waking up early can add hours – and quality! – to your day.
You may lie to yourself and say that you’ll get that workout in tonight, or perhaps you’ll fall asleep two paragraphs into the third chapter of that book you’ve been trying to complete for months now, but you’re better off setting the alarm an hour or two earlier than normal. Here’s a little encouragement:
- People who wake up earlier tend to have healthier diets. We’ve all done it. You probably did it this morning! You wake up late, squeezing every. last. possible. moment out of staying under the covers until you rush to get dressed then put your makeup on during your commute. What did you forget? Breakfast. Studies show that early risers are far less likely to skip breakfast or resort to fast-food options than late sleepers.
- Early risers are more productive. Polls have also shown that people who wake up early tend to have better grades and perform their job functions more effectively and efficiently. “How?” you may ask… good question:
- There are fewer distractions in the early hours of the day, so you can get more done with fewer interruptions.
- If you pair early rising with a good night’s sleep, your brain will thank you by starting up quicker and working more efficiently for you.
- More time in the morning means less rushing and more planning.
- More time to prepare for each day puts you in a better mood and gives you more energy.
- Waking up early puts you in a better mood. Seriously! Okay, maybe not at first, but statistically speaking “morning people” are happier people than their “night owl” counterparts. It’s true that night owls tend to lean more towards creativity, but they also suffer from an increased risk of depression and other psychological problems.
- You’re more likely to actually follow through with your workout plans in the morning. That hectic day at work or school isn’t going to stop you from getting in a good workout if you get a good workout in before you go to work or school! The more you procrastinate a workout – or anything for that matter – the more excuses you can find to keep putting it off. Give yourself an extra boost by sleeping in workout clothes!
- Precious, sweet alone time! Ladies: we’re glued to our phones. Perhaps it’s a love/hate relationship, or perhaps you don’t really think about it, but our phones blowing up at all hours of the day takes a toll on us. Waking up early is a surefire way to get some time away from social media or that one friend that. just. won’t. stop. texting you.
There you have it. Of course, there are many other reasons to wake up early, some of which are exclusive to you! But don’t take my word for it: try it out! Seriously, give it a chance for a week and see if you feel better.
#SpoilerAlert: you’ll feel better.